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Using Command-Line Options When Starting Visual FoxPro

Visual Studio .NET 2003

In addition to using the SET command and a configuration file, you can specify startup options by including a command-line switch. For example, using command-line options, you can suppress the display of the Visual FoxPro sign-on screen or specify a non-default configuration file. The following table lists the command-line switches available in Visual FoxPro.

Command-line switches for Visual FoxPro

Switch Description
-A
Ignores the default configuration file and Windows registry settings.
-BFileName,Duration
Displays your own bitmap (.bmp), .gif, or .jpg graphic file and specifies its duration when Visual FoxPro is started. If the bitmap you specify cannot be located, a bitmap isn't displayed when Visual FoxPro is started. The -b command line switch can also be included in a Visual FoxPro shortcut.
-CFileName
Specifies a configuration file (including path if necessary) other than the default (Config.fpw).
-DFileName
Specifies a runtime .DLL file (including path if necessary) other than the default.
-LFileName
Specifies a resource file (including path if necessary) other than the default, which allows you to use Visual FoxPro in a language other than the current language specified by Windows.
-R
In earlier versions, refreshes the Windows registry with information about Visual FoxPro, such as associations for Visual FoxPro files. In later versions, use /regserver.
-T
Suppresses the display of the Visual FoxPro sign-on screen (banner). For details, see Preventing Display of the Sign-On Screen.
/?
List the available Command line arguments. Available only in Visual FoxPro 7.exe.
/regserver
Registers Visual FoxPro default registry keys.
REGSVR32 <server.DLL>
Registers a .DLL component.
/unregserver
Removes Visual FoxPro default registry keys.
/u <server.DLL>
Removes a .dll component.

For more information, see Command-Line Switches.

If the command switch requires arguments such as a file name, do not put a space between the switch and the argument. Separate multiple options with single spaces. For example, to specify a configuration file, use a command such as:

C:\Vfp7\VFP7.EXE -CC:\MYAPP\MYAPP.FPW

Preventing Display of the Sign-On Screen

By default, when Visual FoxPro starts, it displays a sign-on screen that shows the Visual FoxPro logo, version number, and other information. If you prefer that users of your application not see this sign-on screen, you can prevent Visual FoxPro from displaying it.

To prevent the display of the sign-on screen

  • Add the -T switch to the Visual FoxPro command line as a command-line switch.
    Note   For compatibility with earlier versions of Visual FoxPro, you can also set switches using the FOXPROWCFG DOS environment variable, but this method is not recommended.

For example, use a command such as:

VFP7.EXE -T

See Also

Setting Configuration Options at Startup | Customizing the Visual FoxPro Environment | Configuring Visual FoxPro Toolbars | Preventing Display of the Sign-On Screen | Command-Line Switches

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